Thai fare attempts to balance the five fundamental flavors: bitter, sour, sweet, salty, and victory. Score a win for your mouth with this Groupon.
$10 for $20 Worth of Thai Food for Two, Valid During Dinner Monday–Thursday
Appetizers such as tempura calamari ($9) and fried tofu ($7) precede dinner options that include six types of chicken, beef, or tofu curries ($11); a seasonal mix of stir-fried vegetables ($11–$16); and spicy fried rice punctuated with bell peppers and sweet basil leaves ($11).
Sweet basil, a pungent and spicy herb with a flavor akin to cloves, originated in India, where it is believed to be a sacred protection against evil. The basil might not be fighting dark spirits at Kuraya “Kay” Chulacharit’s Sweet Basil restaurant, but things are going right for the eatery. Kay has taken home the Chef’s Night Out prize for Overall Best Bite two years in a row.
The aromatic leaves can be found in many of Kay’s dishes, including her green curry, deep-fried honey duck, and of course the spicy sweet-basil stir-fry. Kay’s also not afraid to use other traditional thai spices.
Aromas of fresh garlic, cilantro, and coconut milk waft across the cozy eatery, tempting customers to choose items such as garlic prawns, ba mee nam egg noodles, and three-flavor halibut. Deep-fried to a golden brown, the halibut comes topped with sweet-plum sugar, sour tamari, and garlic chili, making it a favorite of the Eugene Review. Dessert tempts tongues with a fried banana topped with powdered sugar and honey or with four types of housemade ice cream.